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#Leaders' Debate

# leaders-debate - Tuesday 15 February, 2011

Punch and Judy, red cents and Rip van Winkle: How the second leaders' debate panned out.

The missed blows, the landed punches and – maybe – the policies that emerged in last night’s five-way leaders’ debate at RTE.

# leaders-debate - Monday 14 February, 2011

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Twitter reaction: The second leaders' debate

The Twitterati were busy throughout the second leaders’ debate and we’ve picked a selection of their tweets.

Take 5: Monday

Five things you need to know: No Valentine for Merkel from Enda, McWilliams regrets opening the door to Brian Lenihan (literally), and a dash to hospital for a Grammy reporter.

The 9 at 9: Valentine's Day

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Survivors may sue Manx2 over crash; 5-year-olds suffer from eating disorders; and your chance to say ‘I love you’, the Enda way.

# leaders-debate - Wednesday 9 February, 2011

Parties continue debate over backing of bank guarantee

Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael have all continued their discussion on whether the bank guarantee was a mistake.

Who came out on top of last night's debate? Face Off This post contains a poll

Who came out on top of last night's debate?

We want your verdict on last night’s leaders’ debate on TV3

Kenny promises to ‘lead from the front’ during Leitrim speech

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny seemed unperturbed by criticism levelled at him for not attending the live leaders’ debate last night, saying that his meeting in Letirim was the “first political meeting that has been streamed live on the internet”.

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Twitter reaction: The leaders’ debate

Despite the empty chair, last night’s live leaders’ debate trended worldwide on Twitter.

And they’re off… The issues and the points-scoring of the first leaders’ debate

Last night’s TV3 debate between Eamon Gilmore and Micheal Martin was relatively restrained… and so was Vincent Browne.

# leaders-debate - Tuesday 8 February, 2011

LOOKING for a minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow account of the leaders’ debate between Eamon Gilmore and Micheal Martin?

TheJournal.ie is live tweeting the debate between the Labour and Fianna Fail leaders at the TV3 studio right now: Visit our election live blog or see our live tweet stream @thejournal_live

Kenny: FG would borrow €1bn to lay off 30,000 public servants

The Fine Gael leader says the party’s plan to shed 30,000 state workers would cost €1bn, but save €10bn in five years.

Poll: Will Enda's refusal to take part in the leaders' debate damage Fine Gael's vote? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will Enda's refusal to take part in the leaders' debate damage Fine Gael's vote?

Will the empty chair change people’s minds about voting Fine Gael?

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The first leaders' debate: reactions to Enda Kenny's absence

Round-up of Twitter and tabloid reactions to the Fine Gael leader’s refusal to take part in the first leaders’ debate tonight on TV3.

# leaders-debate - Monday 7 February, 2011

Gormley offers to fill Kenny's shoes on TV3 leaders' debate

The Greens’ leader says he wants to be “helpful” – but he too thinks a five-way debate is the best option.

Browne: Enda has used me "as a ploy" to dodge debates

TV3′s broadcaster says Enda Kenny has used Vincent Browne’s presence as an excuse not to take part in the channel’s debate.

Kenny won’t attend TV3 debate

FG leader confirms he will not be participating in the first leaders’ debate this Tuesday evening, citing scheduling difficulties.

# leaders-debate - Friday 28 January, 2011

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: More health insurance hikes, more debates about debates, but no more fanmail for Hitler’s former bodyguard…

# leaders-debate - Thursday 27 January, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Leaders' debates: where do they stand?

Party leaders are lining up for a series of televised debates ahead of polling day, but who wants which kind of debate?

Kenny rejects three-way debate suggestion

Enda Kenny has rejected the invitation of a debate between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, saying that other political parties must also be included.

# leaders-debate - Monday 24 January, 2011

TV3 outlines plans for leaders’ election debate

The commercial broadcaster wants to hold a three-way leaders’ debate, with the heads of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.